Now that school has started, it’s time to decorating for fall! And one my favorite ways to decorate on a budget is to take a trip the dollar store. It’s the perfect place to find amazing fall crafting supplies to create your own farmhouse DIY projects for fall decorating. This simple fabric covered Dollar Tree pumpkin is a quick and easy way to transform a plain foam pumpkin into rustic autumn decor.
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I love heading to Dollar Tree when the season changes. There is always so many great seasonal craft supplies you can use to create something amazing. Dollar Tree foam pumpkins are perfect for crafting! You can cover them, paint them, and cut them to transform them into anything you want!
Fabric Covered Dollar Tree Pumpkin
One of the easiest ways to decorate your foam pumpkins is with fabric. Using fabric is a simple way to change the style and color of your pumpkin in a matter of minutes.
Dollar store pumpkins are perfect for crafting. They’re made out of styrofoam, which makes them great for transforming into your own pumpkin decorations for your home. This year, I turned my dollar store pumpkin into a cute farmhouse pumpkin to add to the rest of my fall farmhouse decor with the help of some flannel.
You’ll need a few craft supplies to turn your dollar store pumpkin into a cute farmhouse pumpkin. To create your own easy flannel covered pumpkin you’ll need:
- styrofoam pumpkin
- plaid flannel fabric or an old flannel shirt
- jute twine
- burlap leaf
- cinnamon stick
- hot glue gun
Fabric Covered Pumpkin Tutorial
This easy craft project can be completed in just a few steps! And the best part is that you probably have everything you need at home already.
The first step to making this no sew flannel pumpkin is to remove the stem and cut a hole in the top of the foam pumpkin. To cut the hole, I used a kitchen knife. A small square in the top of the pumpkin is all you need. Don’t make the hole too big — it should only be big enough for a cinnamon stick to fit into.
I used an old flannel shirt to wrap my pumpkin, but any type of fabric would work just as well. A fat quarter of fabric should be enough to cover your foam pumpkin.
Start wrapping the flannel around the pumpkin by putting a little bit of glue on the pumpkin, then sticking one corner of the fabric piece into the hole on top of the pumpkin.
After your first corner is secure, use your hands to form the edges of the fabric around the pumpkin, pressing the fabric down until it’s tight around the sides. Fold the fabric over slightly to tighten up the excess fabric around the sides.
Continue adding glue to the pumpkin, then tucking the corners of the flannel into the hole. You’ll need to adjust the fabric a little each time you place a corner in the hole. Simply fold the extra fabric under the next corner and secure it with a little bit of hot glue.
After your foam pumpkin is covered in fabric, you could stop and continue to the last step of adding your cinnamon stick stem to the top. But if you want to give your fabric wrapped pumpkin a more rusting look, set your pumpkin aside and grab a roll of jute twine. Cut three even pieces of twine long enough to wrap around your pumpkin, plus a little bit extra. Tie the twine together in the center to secure the pieces into place.
Now, place your flannel pumpkin on top of the knot in the center of your twine. Grab each piece of twine and pull it up around the side of the pumpkin, sticking the end into the hole. As you stick the end of the twine in the hole, leave the extra length hanging over the top to look like vines.
After you have finished pulling each piece of twine up around the pumpkin, glue a burlap leaf on the top. Then, add some glue around one end of your cinnamon stick. Place the stick into the hole and hold it in place until the glue dries.
DIY Fabric Pumpkin Ideas
While this is an easy pumpkin craft, you may have a few questions about how I made this DIY pumpkin decor and the supplies I used. Here are a few commonly asked questions:
I don’t have a flannel shirt I want to cut up, what should I do?
If you’re not ready to destroy one of your own shirts, you have a couple different options. First, you could use flannel fabric. The craft section at my Wal-Mart has a variety of flannel fat quarters to choose from. Or you could head to Goodwill and find a cheap flannel shirt there.
Where can I get cinnamon sticks?
Cinnamon sticks can be found in the spice section of most grocery stores or shopping centers like Wal-Mart or Target. You can also purchase a big container of them on Amazon.
Can my kids make this craft?
This easy pumpkin craft is perfect for kids! Just make sure your kids are supervised while using the hot glue gun or swap the hot glue for Mod Podge to make it a little safer. Otherwise, all the steps in this DIY fabric pumpkin tutorial are so simple, a child could definitely make it!
Where did you find the supplies for this craft?
With the exception of the flannel shirt and cinnamon sticks, I found everything I needed to make this craft at Dollar Tree. The foam pumpkin and burlap leaf were found in the seasonal section of the store. And I got the jute twine and glue for my hot glue gun in the craft aisle.
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Emily is a midwestern mom of two boys. She loves all things DIY — from home renovations to kids birthday party planning. Whether she’s making a new farmhouse craft for her home or helping her kids with a cool activity, you can bet she’s in the middle of some kind of DIY project (or three) right now!